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21 - 27 Apr , 2012
Deepika Padukone
Analyses Her 'Closest To Heart' Characters

Take 1
Om Shanti Om (2007)
Farah Khan
Character: Shantipriya / Sandy
"After the film's success, at one of the press conferences, Shah Rukh Khan said, 'If Deepika weren't a part of OSO, the film wouldn't have been what it was.' I think that was the biggest compliment for a newcomer like me. I'm indebted to Farah Khan for the rest of my life. I'm here because Om Shanti Om (2007)of her, and the fact that she gave me such a big film like OSO. It could have been a Shah Rukh Khan film. And I could just have been a little prop in it and would have still done the film. But the fact is that Farah gave me a role as important as SRK. I've become a lot more confident and free in front of the camera after working in OSO, all thanks to Farah and Shah Rukh. I'll always be there for Farah whenever she needs me and I know she'll always be there for me. The same goes for Shah Rukh. It's been a beautiful journey from the time Farah offered me OSO till today. A lot has happened. Things have been moving very fast. I'm enjoying every moment of it."

Take 2
Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008)
Siddharth Anand
Character: Gayatri
"A week after OSO released, I started shooting for Chandni Chowk To China for few weeks. And later I was out of the country for six months to shoot for Bachna Ae Haseeno. I think we all, Ranbir, Bipasha and Minissha had worked very hard but more than us, Ranbir and Siddharth have worked that little extra to add their best to the film. So, it was ridiculous when some people wrote that I shared cold vibes with Bipasha and Minissha while shooting the film, because all three of us got along like house on fire. We all had a blast during the publicity campaign of the film. I'm still in touch with Bipasha. We don't get to meet very often but we try to be in touch with each other. I remember Ranbir and I had lot of fun shooting the song Khuda Jaane in Sydney for almost 25 days. It was a nice experience because it was the fist time that we both shot for a romantic song together. I'm so glad that music composers Vishal and Shekhar have managed to compose such a beautiful song for us."

Take 3
Love Aaj Kal (2009)Love Aaj Kal (2009)
Imtiaz Ali
Character: Meera Pandit
"The audience expected Love Aaj Kal to be as good as Jab We Met or even better because it was directed by Imtiaz Ali. But honestly speaking, there was never any burden on us. We had no expectations but the film did well at the box office because we knew that we had made a good film, after working really hard as a team. The script demanded another girl in the film and Giselle Monteiro was roped in to play an equally important character. I had full faith in Imtiaz as a filmmaker. I know if he's taken me in the film, he's done it with good purpose. I'm glad that Imtiaz thought that Saif and I could carry this film forward and make a good pairing. Our performances were very real and relatable. We have tried to make our performances and lines as real and believable as possible. We had made them on our own. At no point did Saif and I felt like we were reciting a Hindi film dialogue. It was so natural. To the extent that even if I forgot what is in the script and I said something impromptu, I knew it was right and true to that moment."

Take 4
Lafangey Parindey (2010)Lafangey Parindey (2010)
Pradeep Sarkar
Character: Pinky Palkar
"Out of all the films that I have done, this role was the most challenging, as it required a lot of focus and concentration. I had to observe a lot of blind people before I could play this role. I think I identified with my character Pinky because she was extremely self-assured, extremely confident and knew exactly what she wanted. She was an ambitious girl who would never give up, which is exactly how I am. The biggest challenge was to pretend that I was not seeing. There were no supporting tools like black goggles or a stick with me to make it obvious that I am blind. It took around six months of reading and interacting with blind people. I had to get used to a lot of physical movements. It's like you try to feel things around you without actually being able to see them. We met a lot of blind people. And it was not just for me, but also very important for Neil and the group of friends that I interacted with in the film. So I think it was a group process for all of us, which we thoroughly enjoyed."

Take 5
Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010)
Ashutosh Gowariker
Character: Kalpana Dutta
"It was something so new and unique for me. I'm very grateful to Ashutosh Gowariker, who thought I was capable of carrying off such a powerful role. It was a dream come true and very important film of my career. My rapport with all my co-stars has been great. Likewise, during the making of KHJJS, Abhishek Bachchan kept us in splits. I had a great time working on the film. It was my first period film. I've learnt a lot from Ashutosh Gowariker. He's so sorted, clear-headed about what he wants from his actors. I wore a lot of cotton saris for the first time in this film, but I really loved the experience. Since it's a period film, the presentation was totally different. The film had a Bengali milieu to it and I had to make sure that I carry the look well."

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